On October 27, 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals became the first team to win as few as 83 games to win the World Series. The Cardinals, who posted a losing record after the All-Star break, clung to their NL Central lead and defeated the favored Padres, Mets, and Tigers in the post-season, earning their 10th title. Shortstop David Eckstein was named World Series Most Valuable Player.